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Falling on Your Feet

Helix Arts Falling on your Feet is our dance and health programme with people aged 65+ who are living independently. We are currently working with talented dance artists in communities across the North East. Regular workshops lead to high quality co-choreographed pieces which can wow local audiences. Participants have fun, get fitter and make new friends!

Helix Arts Falling on your Feet has been awarded 3 years’ investment from Dunhill Medical Trust and The Henry Smith Charity. We are entering the second year of investment April 2018.

Past programmes have taken place in West Denton, Wallsend, South Shields, North Shields and Sunderland. You can see media reports about our 2016 pilot programme in West Denton Community Centre in the Chronicle and on ITV Tyne Tees. You can also read an article on Falling on Your Feet in South Shields in the Shields Gazette.

We are looking forward to working with more venues, partners and groups over the next few months and years.

“Strictly it isn’t - but it IS strictly good for you and pensioners on Wearside and Tyneside can prove it. They are getting fitter and learning to prevent falls by taking to the dance floor in a programme called Falling On Your Feet. They say it IS helping their mobility. BBC Newcastle’s Alisha Jackson joined a session in Sunderland, where she met creative producer, Sam Burgess.”

Listen to the BBC Newcastle piece here.

Programme 2018/19

In Walker, Falling on Your Feet activity will be running during the Spring/Summer.

In North Shields, sessions will be starting shortly.

In South Shields, sessions will be starting shortly.

In Sunderland, sessions will be starting shortly.

In Pelaw, sessions will be starting shortly.

If you would like to join any of the sessions please REGISTER ONLINE, call us on 0191 241 4931, or email [email protected]


Dance can help:

  • Increase strength and improve balance
  • Improve flexibility
  • Keep your hearth healthy
  • Reduce stress
  • Boost memory

And our Falling on your Feet dancers make new friends while having fun and getting fit. If you would like to know more do contact our team on 0191 241 4931 or email [email protected]

You can read the Executive Summary of the Falling on Your Feet Evaluation here.

And a paper published in Gerontology and Geriatrics Research here.

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